The Falcon Report
Friday, June 8, 2018
Flambeau Photo Feature
With the completion of the Math and Science curriculum, we were able to meet with all the English/Language Arts teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade to cover the scope and sequence during the May Curriculum Day. One of the main themes that kept coming up from different grade levels was the need for additional time for students to write. We were able to discuss a few ways to create more opportunities for our students to write across the curriculum, along with using a writing rubric across grade levels. We will be looking at ways to make writing a major focus in the classroom.
As we move forward with our curriculum work for the 2018-19 school year, our teachers will be spending four days this summer on entering the curriculum into the BYOC program. At this part of the process, the time will be used on adding learning targets, standards, attaching activities for the units, and common formative assessments. We also have three days during the school year for curriculum, which will allow the staff to collaborate.
As we have been focusing on the curriculum for the past two years. It has given us time to have more in-depth conversations and share data so we can create the best learning opportunities for our students.
This month’s focus is on internet safety. The New York Public Library offers these 10 tips for children:
Personal Information. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!
Screen Name. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
Passwords. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal.
Photos. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ permission.
Online Friends. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren't. Remember that not everything you read online is true.
Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information.
Downloading. Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.
Bullying. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.
Social Networking. Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are there to protect you!
Research. Talk to your librarian, teacher or parent about safe and accurate websites for research. The public library offers lots of resources. If you use online information in a school project make sure you explain where you got the information.
There are many different websites that offer online safety tips, but most of the tips are very similar if not the same. I think the two most important tips are do not put anything online that you wouldn’t want public. Once it’s out there you can never totally get it back. The second is do not share any personal information, this includes addresses, school you attend, hobbies, town or city, and even pictures that someone could use to determine where you live.
For cell phone safety there are several websites with some great advice also. Scholastic’s website at http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/your-child-technology/10-tips-cell-phone-safety# offers 10 useful tips.
Safe Search Kids has some useful advice also but one thing that stood out to me was the cell phone contract. Take a look at https://www.safesearchkids.com/cell-phone-safety-tips-for-tweens-and-teens/#.WvzPiNMvw6g
We are hoping to get a representative from Verizon at our school registration on August 14, 2018 to assist parents in monitoring their children’s cell phone use. Verizon gives some insight on their website at https://wbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/nos/safeguards/safeguardLandingPage.action?intcmp=INT-MVZ-VNT-SAFEGUARDS as to security services they can provide, but it is limited in explaining how to go about it. Some of the features include; Locate Your Kids Anytime, View Phone Activity and Control Usage, Block Calls and Spam, and Set Age Restrictions on Content.
District Administrator's Spotlight
Each school year seems to fly by faster than the year before and as the curtain closes on yet another school year, I would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer!
With all the fantastic activities and events that have helped bring the 2017-2018 school year to a close, it is hard to select just one group of students and individual teacher or staff member to recognize. With that being said, I would like to thank you all for your hard work, dedication, energy and talent you bring to the Flambeau School District each and every year. Together with our families and community, you make a difference for our students. I deeply value your efforts and your commitment to our kids.
I hope you have the opportunity to relax and re-energize over the summer. Take time for your family, spend time with friends, travel, and pursue your hobbies. Mr. Fehr, I wish you the best in your retirement and Mrs. Ridout, Mrs. Bernecker and Mrs. Boehnlein, you have contributed immensely to the success of our district and I wish you luck!
With appreciation and admiration,
From Carrie's Kitchen
Summer school is upon us and just like last year, we will once again be providing breakfast and lunch. The dates and times for the meals are as follows;
Monday through Thursday starting June 11th through June 29th & July 9th through the 19th. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:00 and Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 12:30 each day.
Please come join us. The meals are free for all children aged 18 and under. Adults can pay $2.00 for a breakfast or $3.00 for a lunch.
Now that we are heading firmly into summer I thought some refreshing beverage recipes were appropriate.
This first one was submitted by former student Carissa Riel;
M&M’s Brain Freezer Shakes
2 cups any flavor ice cream
1 cup milk ¾ cup M&M’s
Aerosol Whipped Topping
Additional M&M’s for garnish
In blender, combine ice cream and milk; blend until smooth. Add ½ cup M&M’s; blend just until mixed. Pour into 2 glasses, top with whipped topping, and remainder of M&M’s. Serve immediately.
The next recipe was submitted by 4 separate people so it must be good. Actually I know it is because one of the people was my son. This comes to you from Tonya Mateski, Hannah Ludescher, Justine Manglos, and Matt Anderson;
1-6oz. can concentrated orange juice
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup sugar
12 ice cubes
Combine in blender for 30 seconds or until slushy. Makes 5 servings.
Finally, I have a slush recipe submitted by our own cook, Donna Mahun
2 ½ c. sugar
3 c. cold water
3 c. water
12 oz. frozen orange juice
12 oz. frozen lemonade
46 oz. pineapple juice
4 qt. ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, chilled
Bring 3 c. water and sugar to a boil in large saucepan until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat. Stir in frozen juices until melted. Stir in pineapple juice and 3 c. cold water, until well blended. Pour in two 9 x 13 inch pans. Cover and freeze overnight or until juice is firm. Cut each pan into 24 squares. Place squares into 2-gallon punch bowls. Pour soda over squares; stir until punch is slushy.
Now you’re ready for a refreshing summer beverage. Hopefully the kids all enjoy their summer and get lots of sunshine and exercise.
Food Service Director
Save These Dates!
- 6/11: First day of Summer School!